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Russian SMS Trojan for Android Hits US, Dozens of Other Countries
An Android Trojan app that sends SMS messages to premium-rate numbers has expanded globally over the past year, racking up bills for users in over 60 countries including the U.S., malware researchers from Kaspersky Lab said.
The malware program, which Kaspersky products detect as Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakeInst.ef, dates back to February 2013 and was originally designed to operate in Russia.
The Trojan disguises itself as an application for watching porn videos, but once installed on a device it downloads an encrypted configuration file and starts sending SMS messages to predefined premium-rate numbers, depending on the user's mobile country code.
For example, when the malware encounters mobile country codes -- special codes used by carriers to identify mobile networks in different countries -- in the range of 311 to 316, which correspond to the U.S., the malware sends three messages that cost $2 each to 97605, the Kaspersky researchers said in a blog post Wednesday.
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